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A long way to go for peace – MILF

Separatist rebels about to resume talks with the Philippine government warned yesterday against hopes for an early peace. “It is a long way to go for peace,” Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) spokesman Eid Kabalu said in an interview by telephone from his base in the south. He was speaking as three senior members of the rebel group arrived in Malaysia to meet Filipino government negotiators in a bid to revive a stalled peace process. Four advisers to President Gloria Arroyo were expected later yesterday for today’s talks. “We expect the government to share with us its proposal to resume formal peace talks,” Kabalu said. “We are willing to revive the peace talks despite the fighting,” he added, noting heavy clashes with government forces in the past four days. The Manila government has called for the cooperation of the MILF so that some 40,000 evacuees who were recently displaced by the renewed clashes can return peacefully to their homes. Full Story

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